Read for a Cause hosted by Heather Jensen
Read For A Cause!
**Want a chance to win a one of a kind original drawing by the author?
Anyone who donates funds in addition to the cost of their ticket will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win!
The winner will be selected live during the event. Let’s get donating!**
Relax, unwind, and join me for a virtual book club to discuss Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett. Our discussion will be moderated by my dear friend and established bookstagrammer and podcaster, Tina from @tbretc and Book Talk, etc. We are also so excited to announce that the author herself will be joining our book chat!
All funds raised are tax-deductible donations and will go directly to support The Women's Resource Center. So grab your friends, your wine (or tea!), and the comfiest seat in your house for a night that will not only leave you feeling good, but knowing you have helped to do good.
Once registered, I’ll send along all the event details, including the Zoom link and any other information needed to join the book club. Thank you in advance for your support!
Heather Jensen, WRC Board of Directors
A Bit About the Organization:
Many of you know I serve on the Board of Directors for the WRC and so I know firsthand how critical their work is, which is why I’m choosing to host this event. This has been a long, hard couple of years for everyone. For survivors of domestic violence, it has been a time of crisis on top of crisis: as the COVID pandemic continues to impact our communities, survivors are navigating how to keep themselves and their family safe from both the virus and abuse.
The WRC continues to see increased need for services in the community. At the same time, significant cuts to state and federal funding have forced them to reduce staffing and redistribute workloads. Over the past two years, during a pandemic that is increasing the need for these vital services, programs have had funding cut by 70% - a total of nearly $275,000.
That is one reason events like this are so important. If you can attend, please RSVP as soon as possible. I am asking for a $25 tax-deductible donation to attend this event and would love to see you there! Can’t attend? No problem, we would still be grateful to receive your support.
Natural-born healer Emma Starling once had big plans for her life, but she's lost her way. A med school dropout, she's come back to small-town Everton, New Hampshire to care for her father, dying from a mysterious brain disease. Clive Starling has been hallucinating small animals, as well as visions of the ghost of a long-dead naturalist, Ernest Harold Baynes, once known for letting wild animals live in his house. This ghost has been giving Clive some ideas on how to spend his final days.
Emma arrives home knowing she must face her dad's illness, her mom's judgement, and her younger brother's recent stint in rehab, but she's unprepared to find that her former best friend from high school is missing, with no one bothering to look for her. The police say they don't spend much time looking for drug addicts. Emma's dad is the only one convinced the young woman might still be alive, and Emma is hopeful he could be right. Someone should look for her, at least. Emma isn't really trying to be a hero—but somehow she and her father set in motion just the kind of miracle the town needs.
Set against the backdrop of a small town in the throes of a very real opioid crisis, Unlikely Animals is a tragicomic novel about familial expectations, imperfect friendships, and the possibility of resurrecting that which had been thought irrevocably lost.